When "Dreamer" Benita Veliz addressed the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., she was doing far more than serving as a symbol of those children who "had no say" in coming illegally to this country: She was being used as an excuse for further weakening enforcement of those immigration laws that were created to protect American workers.
Think about it: Both political parties, especially the Democrats, have gone through great lengths to create what they now have the gall to describe as our "broken" immigration policy. And who better than Ms. Veliz to showcase both parties' complicity in saying in so many words to Americans that the law does not apply to those people who have shown no respect for our sovereignty but now demand that we respect them.
Ms. Veliz also represents the addition of 1.7 million illegal aliens to a workforce already populated by 7 million illegals working in the construction, manufacturing, transportation and service industries at a time when 20 million Americans are unable to find full-time employment. Most of these "Dreamers" are in the 18-29 age group and will be competing with our native-born youth who are experiencing 12.7 percent unemployment.
You can rightfully argue that the cases of some of these children should be considered individually as long as you remember two things: First, not all of them came here with their parents, and secondly, not all of them are, in the words of Rep. Luis Gutierrez, "high school valedictorians, football team captains and student council presidents."